ThinkstockOver the weekend, The New York Times published a story about a trend that has many of us scratching our heads (literally): Showering infrequently-three times or fewer a week-is growing in popularity, not just among the hippie-granola sets, but for mainstream professionals as well. High-powered workers like Jenefer Palmer of Malibu, California, chief executive for the Osea skincare line, told the paper that only does she regularly skip bathing, she also avoids using deodorant while both traveling and meeting clients in high-powered meetings. Phew.
The Times article calls this a "season of nonbathing, " though we've been noticing the trend for a while. In the past few years, beauty companies have subtly begun catering to the unwashed crowd. Multiple haircare brands like TRESemme and Bumble & Bumble, have introduced spray-on dry shampoos, which mask an oily appearance and provide not-so-fresh consumers with an extension on their next hair wash. According to market research firm the NPD
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ThinkstockOver the weekend, The New York Times published a story about a trend that has many of us scratching our heads (literally): Showering infrequently-three times or fewer a week-is growing in popularity, not just among the hippie-granola sets, but for mainstream professionals as well. High-powered workers like Jenefer Palmer of Malibu, California, chief executive for the Osea skincare line, told the paper that only does she regularly skip bathing, she also avoids using deodorant while both traveling and meeting clients in high-powered meetings. Phew.Read More »from Are daily showers a thing of the past?
ThinkstockYou have probably purchased many watches in your lifetime, either for yourself or as gifts, but when was the last time you actually wore one? For me it was about five years ago. Like many people in this day and age, I rely on my cell phone, my computer, or even my cable box to tell the time. (I don't even have a proper alarm clock anymore--I use my phone.) According to a recent UK survey conducted by consumer analyst firm Mintel, 14% of people have stopped wearing a watch, now relying solely on their phone or computer clock, while 28% of people under 25 years old say they have no use for a watch. Additionally, 91% of those polled owned a cell phone while only 86% even owned a watch. Watches are just not as important these days!Read More »from Are watches becoming obsolete?
Tamara Sender, Senior Fashion Analyst at Mintel, said: "Many consumers have grown up with technology and are just as likely to associate the notion of checking the time with a mobile handset as with a watch and as they grow older this mindset will accompany
ThinkstockThe Friday after Thanksgiving, aka Black Friday, is known as the biggest shopping day of the year. With our economy and major retailers still suffering, experts say customers will be shopping in droves for bigger sales and better deals than ever. But if you're not the type to stand in freezing lines outside of Wal-Mart at 5 a.m. retailers may have another solution this year: start the sales now.Read More »from For some retailers Black Friday starts now
Why wait till next month for Black Friday, says Sears, when you can have it this weekend? Amazon is marking down popular electronics like hi-definition TVs and Blu-Ray players on Friday, and on Sunday all items featured in the Toys "R" Us Christmas toy book will be on sale.
"Consumers have been trained to buy merchandise only 'on sale,'" Sherif Mityas, a partner in the retail practice at the consulting firm A. T. Kearney, told the New York Times. "Given a limited budget, if retailers don't capture that first or second purchase, they may find themselves with a lot of inventory the week before
Lady Gaga's meat dress may have gotten loads of attention, but she wasn't the first one to come up with the idea. Last year photographer Ted Sabarese shot a series of images called "Hunger Pains" which showcased models wearing garments made of the foods they craved the most. Models and designers came together for 16 hours to cook and create one-of-a-kind works of wearable, edible art. With ingredients like fresh waffles and pasta on set we wonder if people were able to resist sneaking bites of the tasty outfits.
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When it comes to sexy Halloween costumes, we thought we'd seen everything this year with ladies offerings that ranged from Sexy Phantom of the Opera to Sexy Cookie Monster. But apparently many costumers are on a mission to sex up male outfits as well, with the emphasis on their incredible manhood. Yes, this Halloween every guy can be a stud and ladies will gasp--not in horror, but in sheer awe. They wish.
Check out these NSFW men's costumes complete with product descriptions that range from offensive to obnoxious to downright absurd. Coming soon to a frat house near you.Read More »from 12 ridiculous, NSFW Halloween costumes for guys
ThinkstockA small town in Italy called Castellammare di Stabia is planning to ban miniskirts and low-cut jeans, which the mayor, Luigi Bobbio hopes will "restore urban decorum and facilitate better civil co-existence. BBC News reports that those who do not abide by these new wardrobe rules will face fines of 25 euros ($35) to 500 euros ($689). Another report says tops that reveal too much cleavage will also warrant a fine.Read More »from Italian town bans miniskirts and low-rise jeans
Personally, I don't believe in dress codes. I went to schools with fairly lax dress codes (no rips, no jeans, no hats indoors were some of the policies enforced), and while I followed all the rules in the handbook, I was constantly brought in to see the assistant principal for what she considered inappropriate. She called my purple hair dye "distracting," yet there was no written rule against using it. She claimed parents complained that my miniskirt was too short (it went halfway down my thigh) and asked if my mother knew what I was wearing. My mom bought it for me and there
As much as we enjoy changing up our hairstyles and trying new colors, it's not always practical or affordable. Celebrities, on the other hand, have access to the best stylists and lots of money to invest in updating their looks. They've also learned that a new hairstyle, whether good or bad, can get them tons of publicity from people like you weighing in with your countless opinions. We've rounded up the prettiest, the ugliest, and the most outrageous styles we've seen on famous faces in recent months. See if you agree with our picks.Read More »from The top celebrity hair highs and lows
Getty ImagesDrew Barrymore
Barrymore loves experimenting with her appearance, which often translates to frequently switching up her haircut and color. When you try many daring looks, there are bound to be a few misses, but her dip-dyed black ends are downright witchy, and there is no real way to make this blunt cut and color a flattering style. Thankfully Barrymore ditched the look after a few weeks, and grew her hair out. Here she illustrates a pretty way to wear
Why is there always a debate surrounding long hair? Writer Dominique Browning, 55, wrote a piece for the New York Times today about how she loves having long hair, but everyone in her life seems to have a problem with it: "My mother hates it. My sister worries about it. My agent thinks I'm hiding behind it. A concerned friend suggests that it undermines my professional credibility. But in the middle of my life, I'm happy with it," Browning writes. And we can see where she's coming from!
When you're a young woman, a long, lustrous mane is often hair priority number one. Bouncing long hair is the most popular style for younger celebrities, it's favored by both designers and stylists, and, from what the many magazine surveys tell us, most men love it best. Ladies under 40 will go to great lengths (heh. pun intended) to get the look-even shelling out hundreds or thousands of dollars for hair extensions. But the cultural acceptability of long hair comes to a screeching halt by the time Read More »from Who says middle-aged women can't have long hair?
- Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Fashion – Fri, Oct 22, 2010 6:08 PM EDT
Brooklyn Decker for VenusSome of you may not know Brooklyn Decker by name, but she's the 23-year-old blonde babe who landed the highly coveted cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue this year and was voted Esquire's Sexiest Woman Alive. How very lucky for her husband, tennis champ Andy Roddick. Decker has modeled for Victoria's Secret and Gap, been in magazines from Teen Vogue to Cosmo to FHM, had guest TV appearances on "Chuck" and "Ugly Betty," and she's currently in Hawaii filming the new Jennifer Aniston/Adam Sandler rom-com "Just Go With It." As the new spokeswoman for Venus razors, we reached out to Brooklyn for beauty tips, her thoughts on body image, and the ever-evolving modeling industry. Check it out!Read More »from Supermodel Brooklyn Decker on body image, insider beauty tips, and the rise of plus-size models
Shine: As a supermodel you have so much exposure. How does it make you feel to see your photo everywhere? Do you ever feel weird knowing people are staring at your picture?
Brooklyn Decker: It was definitely an adjustment when I first started seeing myself in magazines. I don't know if that's
The new and improved army uniform designed for women. Photo courtesy of Army Times.Fifteen percent of the Army's 560,000 soldiers are women, but up until this point there have only been male uniforms for those serving. That means about one in six soldiers is probably uncomfortable in what they're wearing while serving our country. Granted the garments are made for function, not style, but we'd imagine women may have a tough time operating in items that may be far too large in certain areas (arms and shoulders) and too tight in others (chest and hips). Thankfully, Army Times is reporting that a brand new Army Combat Uniform designed especially for the ladies is on the way.Read More »from Army finally unveils female-cut combat uniform
"We need to ensure our women are wearing something they are comfortable in, and it doesn't make them look like their uniform doesn't fit," said Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, Program Executive Office Soldier. Over a dozen changes have been made to the new female-cut ACU in hopes that garments will now fit every soldier comfortably. These are just some of the structural changes being made to the new